Gaming Addiction

The success of massively multi-player games coined “heroinware,” such as Everquest, Diablo II, and World of Warcraft [rated most addictive in early 2009] has come at a price for players. It is not uncommon to hear of a gamer who is so addicted that he has lost his girlfriend, job, or wife. The addictive trap stems from endless quests for status and power. Each goal brings along a new goal and one feels as if they’ve wasted their time if they do not complete the next task, a phenomenon called sunken cost. Psychological Arts offers gaming addiction therapy to help individuals quit or control their use of computer games.

Most individuals who have arrived at this page know they have a problem with computer gaming and have tried to limit the amount of time they spend with their game of choice, but they repeatedly relapse. Controlling the amount of time spent gaming is much more difficult than most people realize, and most people who try to control this compulsive behavior relapse. . . repeatedly.

Developing the skills and faculties to follow your path of greatest advantage rather than yield in the direction of least resistance is perhaps the most important and difficult challenge of your adult life. Success will surely make you stronger; failure may destroy you.

You may be reading this page because you observed yourself doing what you intended not to do. Relapsing or losing control can be a demoralizing and make you feel inept and hopeless.  Take heart; do not accept a defeatist attitude. It looks different from my perspective as a clinician than it feels from your perspective as the one caught in the addictive trap.

You can achieve good outcome, if you do what it takes to succeed.  This is a difficult passage, but you can benefit from the experiences of those who completed this passage before you.  Even though everyone is unique, there are some commonalities to the challenges gamers face as they switch from the path of least resistance to the path of greatest advantage.

Over the past three decades, I have accompanied many individuals though a passage similar to the one that you are about to undertake.  The tools and methods that enabled them to act as intended during crises of stress and temptation will be useful to you.  Links to exercises and practical methods to cope with crises are available on this web site. Please take advantage of them

This web site contains methods and tools to enhance the power of your will. This approach to change is quite different than treatment for gaming addiction based on the Disease Model of addiction. Rather than urge you to admit powerlessness over a disease and encourage you to turn responsibility for change over to a higher power, the methods and tools we offer can enhance your ability to act as you intend despite the influence of local stressors and temptations that promote relapse.

This approach is not for everyone, However, individuals with good cognitive abilities and a practical, self-directed orientation will benefit from many of the tools and tactics presented here free of charge. To help determine whether a 12-Step treatment program or a change strategy based on enhancing your ability to cope with stress and temptation is a better match for you, please take The Treatment Matching Test. This confidential assessment is scored on your computer and is available at no charge. If you find that our self-directed approach matches your attributes, you may begin your passage to good outcome by assessing your current vulnerabilities using the Trap Detector. Use these results to guide your way through the materials available on this web site, or to discuss with one of our clinicians online.

Our self-guided treatment manual: The Path of Greatest Advantage. is available for sale, and is recommended for those who are well matched with this approach. You may then use this self-guided approach independently by following the appropriate links or in collaboration with Dr. Dubin via chat, email, or phone.  (Gamers who live in Austin or the Central Texas area have the option of a face-to-face collaboration).  For information please call us at: (512) 343-8307.